The suicide of a Manchester, UK FF ( who was found hanged at his Firehouse) has once again dramatized the need for mental health support for those in an already stress filled occupation.
This includes not just FF’s but EMT’s and Paramedics, people whose work guarantees they will see more and more tense and life threatening situations.
It seems, for FF’s, that many problems can be helped “at the Kitchen Table.” But many are going through situations in their lives that they find hard to share with the best of friends or family.
It is not suprising for a suicide to come as a great surprise to people who knew and worked with the person who killed him or herself.
In NYC and elsewhere, organizations such as Friends of Firefighters offer confidential support:
“Friends of Firefighters has been of great help to me through their counseling, acupuncture, and biofeedback services. Without their help I do not know where I would be today. My family has their husband, father, and friend again.”
– Retired FDNY firefighter
Friends of Firefighters provides a variety of services and programs to active and retired FDNY firefighters and your immediate family members. All are independent, confidential, and free of charge.
Office: (718) firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Survival National (US) Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
IMAGE: By famous Canadian Paramedic/FF Daniel Sundahl, DanSunPhotos